Wilmington, NC- Military Servicemen and Civilians Assaulted After Bar Closings
Wilmington, NC – Eleven men, 7 of whom were military, have been attacked as they were leaving bars at around closing time. (Stripes) Police are investigating, and are temporarily withholding the police reports until they can find the perpetrators. But they are warning people to be extra careful.
The Wilmington Police wrote:
UPDATE: Wilmington Police are releasing new information surrounding the assaults that occurred near bars in downtown Wilmington. Investigators believe the assaults could have started as far back as January of 2018. Police are now investigating at a total of eleven crimes against men that occurred in the downtown area near bar closing times. Investigators say the challenge with investigating these assaults is that several of the initial reports came in listed as a misdemeanor crimes with limited information such as breaking and entering and larceny from a person. The date and time of the crimes was also sporadic. There was a four month lag time between some incidents, and crime scene locations and other details are limited due to the condition of the victims at the time the incidents happened. Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted. Seven of the victims were military personnel.
Police have increased patrols in the downtown area and have actively been working with state and federal partners to conduct this investigation. We are also encouraging individuals who drink in public establishments to please exercise caution, travel in groups, don’t leave drinks un-monitored, don’t drink and drive and never leave a bar with a stranger.
In an effort to protect the integrity of this investigation and the safety of the victims in this case we are temporarily withholding the public copies of these reports at this time – per NCGS 132-1.4 (d). We appreciate the support and patience of our citizens. If you have any information about assaults in the downtown area please contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or use Text-a-Tip or call Crime Stoppers at 800-531-9845.
At least four of the male victims were also sexually assaulted. The incidents began in 2018, and were only recently thought to be related. The service victims were from the Army and Marine Corps. The common denominator for all of the attacks, both civilian and military is “cognitive impairment.”
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